Alcohol, it’s one of the most popular substances on Earth, and because it’s essentially a low-level poison that makes people do and say crazy things with no compunction, it’s one of the most regulated substances on Earth. Some countries have outlawed it entirely; others have very, very, very specific rules in place about its sale and consumption.
1. El Salvador.
Drunk driving can get you thrown in jail in the U.S. In this Central American nation, it can get you thrown in front of a firing squad.
One of the biggest beer producing nations in the world is this African nation. That’s partly because Guinness has one of its breweries there. To keep that industry on lock, it’s illegal to import beer into the country. Or to brew your own.
This country is huge, and its many different states have varying liquor laws, with the minimum age requirement spanning from 18 to 25. In the state of Maharashtra, it’s way more complicated. Anyone of any age can buy wine, but you have to be 21 to buy beer, and 25 for the hard stuff. But in order to get that far, residents have to apply for a drinking license at their local hospital.
In Sydney, bartenders can’t serve shots after midnight. At 3 a.m., they won’t sell more than two drinks to a person at one time. That means if you’re picking up a round, they all have to come up to the bar with you.
One could assume that the national pastime of England is getting drunk down the pub, while watching a game of footy with yer lads. But it’s actually technically illegal to be drunk inside of one of England’s ten billion drinking establishments.
Don’t drink and bike—you can get your car driving license revoked for being boozed on a bike, and then must consult to a psychiatric evaluation to get it reinstated.
You can buy beer at the grocery store, but not after 7 p.m. And it’s also really weak: 3.5 percent ABV, tops. If you want something stronger, you have to go to a government-operated liquor store called a Systembolaget.
The French must carry a disposable, single-use Breathalyzer in their cars. While it’s not required to use them, the government thought that if people see them in their cars while drunk, they might change their minds about trying to drive.
Lots of people drink on Election Day, either in celebration or despair. In Turkey, it’s illegal to sell booze on Election Day, under the auspices that drunk people are less likely to vote.
Good news: women can drink at bars in Bolivia! You just have to be married, and all you’re allowed is a single glass of wine.